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Mississippi State quarterback announces plan to transfer

Mississippi State Maroon squad quarterback Elijah Staley (5) sets up to pass against the White squad during the second half of a spring NCAA college football game, Saturday, April 16, 2015, in Starkville, Miss. Maroon won 34-21.
Mississippi State Maroon squad quarterback Elijah Staley (5) sets up to pass against the White squad during the second half of a spring NCAA college football game, Saturday, April 16, 2015, in Starkville, Miss. Maroon won 34-21. AP

Mississippi State’s quarterback competition became a bit clearer on Friday.

Sophomore Elijah Staley announced via Twitter on Friday that he plans to transfer. Staley was entrenched in a four-way battle with freshman Nick Tiano, fellow sophomore Nick Fitzgerald and junior Damian Williams for the chance to replace Dak Prescott at QB.

“I would like to thank the bulldog fans, community, and coaching staff for this opportunity the past two years,” Staley wrote. “I look forward to continuing my football career at another school, and I am excited about what is in store for the future !

“Thanks for all your support and #HailState.”

A native of Marietta, Georgia, the 6-foot-6, 249-pound Staley played in two games as a redshirt freshman in 2015. He rushed for 18 yards on three carries and completed 3 of 5 passes for 51 yards and a touchdown.

“We would like to thank Elijah for his contributions to our football team,” MSU coach Dan Mullen said in a statement. “During his time here, he has always been a hard worker and a great teammate. We wish him nothing but the best as he pursues another opportunity.”

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